Ok, maybe this is a small deal. But I heard from Yaesu and my FTM-100DR has been repaired and is on it’s way back to me. Also… I learned yesterday that ICOM recently released a firmware update for my radio (which I installed this morning). This fixes the bug in their terminal mode. In preparation for having the intended functionality back with my gear, I rearranged my shack today. I intend to revert back to the original plan I had back in November when I sold most of my radios and got my current crop of gear. I bought a small shelving unit and moved quite a few things around.
My original plan changed when my FTM-100DR exhibited a glitch with WiRES-X. The plan was further derailed by firmware bugs in the terminal mode feature of the ICOM ID-4100A. Now that these problems have been worked out, I’m going to give this another go. So the idea is:
- Use my ICOM ID-4100A in terminal mode with QnetGateway for D-Star
- Use my Yaesu FTM-100DR in Portable HRI Mode (direct) for WiRES-X
- Use one Yaesu FTM-3200DR with my attic antenna for local repeaters
- Use the second Yaesu FTM-3200DR for full-time monitoring of my Allstar/Echolink/IRLP node
One new twist… I had one openSPOT2. At the point I got all frustrated with WiRES-X… and terminal mode flaked out on me… the openSPOT2 went on sale and I bought two more. So I have three openSPOT2 hotspots. This will be fine. Because I can still use those with my three HT radios. One for DMR, one for Fusion, and the third for D-Star. Should be a reasonably good setup. I will be able to monitor seven things at one time (not including HF).
On my shelving I have two blank spots. The spot on the top shelf is for the laptop that will run WiRES-X. The spot on the second shelf will be for the FTM-100. In the interest of simplicity, I am going to attempt to tolerate the built-in speakers on these radios. Things get considerably messier if I try to put an external speakers on all of them.